'Sharknado' enters ObamaCare debate

Both sides of the ObamaCare debate invoked "Sharknado" Friday in an effort to capitalize on the latest social media fixation.

The made-for-TV movie, featuring a tornado of sharks, has captivated Twitter this week. Twitter usage spiked during the first airing of "Sharknado" almost as much as it did during the presidential debates.

And so, of course, the Sharknado had to have an ObamaCare angle. 


Analysis: HHS is No. 1 in violations of anti-paperwork law

ObamaCare implementation has led to a surge in violations of a federal law designed to minimize paperwork burdens, according to a new analysis.

The American Action Forum (AAF) found that the Health and Human Services Department has violated the anti-paperwork statute more than any other department in the past three years.

HHS had 154 violations of the Paperwork Reduction Act over the past three years, earning a "poor" grade from the White House budget office. 


AHCA hires senior Corker adviser

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) announced that Mike Bassett, a senior policy adviser to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), will join its government relations team.

Bassett formerly served as staff director on the Senate Special Committee on Aging. He will hold the title of Senior Director of Government Affairs at the AHCA, the largest trade group for nursing homes.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike to our government affairs team,” said AHCA President Mark Parkinson in a statement. 


Healthcare sector fueling job recovery, study finds

Growth in the U.S. healthcare sector has helped the economy recover jobs lost during the recession, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution.

The healthcare industry is booming thanks to the aging population, and it now supports a higher share of jobs in large U.S. metro areas than before the economic crash, the study found.

The increase amounted to 13 percent of total job growth in leading metro areas over the last several years, and up to 25 percent of growth in 11 areas. 


Report: Surgeon general Regina Benjamin to step down

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced on Wednesday that she would step down from her post next month.

“My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our healthcare system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention,” she wrote in an email to her staffers, first reported by The Associated Press. “With your help, that movement has begun.”


Home care workers demand minimum wage, overtime protections

Home care workers are demanding final rules from the Obama administration that would give them federal minimum wage and overtime protections. 

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), which represents home health aides, certified nurse aides and personal care attendants, called on President Obama to extend the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to its members. 

The group pointed to Obama's promise in December 2011 to ensure home health jobs offer the same wage-and-hour standards as other healthcare posts.